Shoals Angel Tree in need of adoptions, despite decrease in participants

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FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) - The season of giving is upon us, and there’s one group in the Shoals asking for some help to make Christmas possible for hundreds of needy families.

Item by item, bag by bag, the Women’s Auxiliary of the Salvation Army of Northwest Alabama prepares for the influx of presents at their distribution center.  The facility will house gifts for this year's Angel Tree project.

Families filled out applications earlier this year, and the Salvation Army noticed a rather large decline in the number of participants.

Volunteer auxiliary member Susanne Wadsworth is optimistic about the decrease.

“There has been a drop, and we really don’t know why. We hope maybe people are doing better and they are more prosperous and they don’t need help at Christmas,” Wadsworth said.

For previous years, the Salvation Army averaged around 1,900 participants in the Angel Tree program in the Shoals.  This year, the number fell to just over 1,300.

Despite the drop in angels, Wadsworth said they still need people to adopt them.  She said they solely depend on the generosity of the public to make Christmas possible for the angels.

“It’s so worthwhile, you know you are helping people and making them happy,” explained Wadsworth.

Residents in the Shoals can find Angel Trees at Dillard’s in the Florence Mall, or Long-Lewis Ford in Muscle Shoals.  Angel Trees in northwest Alabama will remain up until December 3rd.  Each angel contains a wish list for a local child or senior citizen in need.